CHAPTER 1

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

7.0 OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & FIRE PREVENTION

   

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND FIRE PREVENTION (extension 7-0515)

 

Occupational Safety and Fire Prevention (OS&FP) consults with various departments to implement safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe environment for UTMB employees, students, and visitors. OS&FP is intimately involved with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) accreditation process for the University’s Hospital System including representatives on many of the required inspection teams and committees.  In addition, OS&FP is responsible for the inspection requirements of all campus Fire/Life Safety Systems that must comply with National Fire Codes, State Fire Marshal (SFMO) requirements and JCAHO requirements. Some items OS&FP is responsible for include but are not limited to:

 

 

Program Management Examples:

 

The Hot Work Permitting Program is designed to ensure that spark and flame producing construction and maintenance activities do not present an undue fire hazard to people and UTMB property. OS&FP is responsible for designating and providing a Permit Authorized Individual for contract work (this may be a FOAM trained representative).  Periodically auditing the hot work process and providing training to persons who will issue permits (i.e., hazard controls and area surveys).

 

The Risk Assessments and Interim Life Safety Measures (ISLM) Program is designed to ensure when Life Safety Features are impaired during the course of construction, renovation or alteration activities, they are done so in a manner that will reduce the potential adverse impact on the overall Building Life Safety Systems.  These measures may include the following activities:

·       Request and document a Risk Assessment,

·       Implement required ILSM,

·       Issue Hot Work Permits as required by the project activities,

 

The General Safety Committee recommends policies and programs for occupational safety, fire prevention and all other safety areas that are not assigned to other specialized safety committees.